„Not a cuddly watch“
The Tangente model, the design classic from NOMOS, is a much-known watch among designers. Likewise, it is a watch that continues to elicit much commentary from designers.
Susanne Günther, artist and graphic designer from Düsseldorf, creator of the Tangente: „The Tangente was inspired by an old Glashütte design from the 1930s. Nevertheless, I consider it the most special watch in the entire NOMOS collection. It is the epitome of NOMOS. No delicate curves. No attempts at flattery. The pointed serifs adorning the numbers resemble the spikes on a crown. The ends of the super-slim hands are even more slender and pointed. The case horns curve sharply downwards. So, it is not a cuddly watch that sits nicely on the wrist. Yet—or rather, therefore—I am always discovering it anew, I never have the sense of visiting an old acquaintance. Each time I am struck by the truly stark, yet unbelievably beautiful contrast of the silver tones that make the face of my Tangente number 76 so unique. The fitted hands not only do their job, they give the watch a touch of elegance and fineness. Their slenderness stretches nearly the entire length of the radius allotted to them. They emphasize the finely calculated proportions with extreme nonchalance. I’m completely in love with their blueness.“
Hadi Teherani, architect and member of the Freie Akademie der Künste in Hamburg: „A simple design that is right on target and clearly inspired by the Bauhaus tradition. No frilly ornamentation or superfluous items. Without a doubt, the NOMOS is a typical architect’s watch.“